- About Us
This week has been very exciting for the children who are going into reception next year as they got the chance to visit the primary school and meet their new class teachers. All of the children were so confident and took the transition in their stride. The children who will be staying with us for another year also got the chance to work more with their new key workers. We are very proud of you all for being so grown up!
As we have been working so hard this year, we were lucky enough to have a treat. We all got to have a turn on the bouncy castles, which was lots of fun! This morning we were also invited to the primary school to watch the DVD competition. It was very funny watching the different year group's videos and we had lots of fun.
Our little rays of sunshine this week are Jia Jia for settling back into nursery and school transition after a long time on her holidays. Maisie Sherrington for enjoying looking for bugs in our garden and helping to build a bug hotel. Emily King for trying very hard with her number work and showing good co-operation and turn taking when playing a maths game. Kobe Egglestone for good one to one work and trying very hard with his counting. He enjoyed joining in with number songs especially 5 little men in a flying saucer and finally Mollie Appleby for remembering to put her hand up in group time and for good listening skills.
This week in nursery was our final week of teaching minibeasts to the children. We looked at lots of different minibeasts and learnt lots of facts about them. After learning about them we went outside in our groups to have a minibeast hunt and see what real life minibeasts were living in our nursery garden. The children were thoroughly engaged in this activity and even continued looking throughout the day to find more. Our butterflies also emerged from their cocoons and we have enjoyed watching them this week but we have now let them free!
We also had a visit from the firemen on Wednesday who talked to us all about being safe around fire but also how to keep safe near water. The children really enjoyed this visit and now know if they were on fire they have to "stop, drop and roll".
Our little rays of sunshine this week are Ryan Newton for sharing some brilliant facts about minibeasts this week and he was very brave and eager to pick up the creatures. Bobby Dobson for playing co-operatively with his friends. Amelia Sherwood for being a superstar at the logo game and being able to name nearly every one independently. Matthew Van Stekelenburg for being engaged in the minibeast hunt and being so excited when he found some in the nursery garden and finally Grace Tate for brilliant estimating skills and she even remembered estimate means "a good guess". Well done to all of these children.
This week we have been using different resources to build a bug. Looking at the pictures of the different insects sparked the children's curiosity and they asked lots of questions such as "How could it fly?" "Do they eat flies?" We talked about where we could find the answers to these questions and the children decided to look in a book to learn more.
Due to a number of children talking about dinosaurs, we decided to follow the children's interests. The children have really loved building in the construction area and using the dinosaurs to act out stories. A group of children decided to build "Dinosaur world" but the T-Rex escaped and ran away to the fire station. Luckily the children rang the police and they came to put the dinosaurs back in their cages.
As some of us are going to the big school soon, we have been practising reading and writing simple words. We have been doing a great job at blending the words and matching them to pictures. Your new teachers will be very impressed!
We are also very excited to let you all know that the caterpillars have now built their cocoons. We will keep you updated and let you know when the butterflies "pop out"
Our little rays of sunshine this week are Joey Crossley for getting really enthusiastic about our min-beast topic. Joey was interested to learn more about dragonflies and knew that he could look in a book to tell him more. Keep up the amazing work Joey! Katie Berriman for her amazing counting and for saying what is one more than a given number. Super effort Katie! Logan Hall for always being polite and kind to his friends. He is also a superstar at lunchtimes and has excellent table manners. Well done Logan! Karl Coulson for trying really hard at our gross motor exercises. He did some really good listening and finally Skye O'Prey for her brilliant dance moves in PE. It was a pleasure to watch you dance and move to the music. Good job Skye!
As it was the first year that the nursery was part our school, we sent out a separate survey for nursery parents. All parents wholeheartedly agreed that children are happy and well looked after in nursery. All parents also said that their child were taught well and that any concerns were responded to. Virtually all parents believed their child made good progress. Well done nursery!
This week we loved reading 'What the Ladybird Heard.' After the story we worked together in our groups to go on a treasure hunt. We had to find the ladybird that was hiding in the nursery garden. There were lots of hidden clues to help us which told us where we had to look. The children were great at following instructions and understood positional language when they looked under, on top, behind, in front and next to. We had so much fun and were very excited when we finally found the ladybird!
The children have been waiting very patiently for our caterpillars to build their cocoons. It won't be long now, as the caterpillars have eaten lots of food and have grown very big and fat. We have enjoyed finding caterpillars in the garden, so we could look at them in more detail. Niamh described the caterpillar she found as "soft and prickly." The children have also been very creative and have loved painting caterpillars and ladybirds. Ethan painted a beautiful picture showing the life cycle of a butterfly.
We would like to say a huge thank you for attending our father's day event. It was lovely to see so many dads, grandads and family members! Unfortunately due to the weather the events on the morning were cancelled, but we were lucky enough to head out in the sunshine on the afternoon. We hope you all had a lovely time and enjoyed your hot dogs!
We would also like to remind you that our summer 'C Festival" is coming up on Friday 7th July. We would be very grateful if you contribute any unwanted gifts to be used as tombola and raffle prizes. Please could you hand your donations to your child's key worker as soon as possible. Thank you very much!
Our little rays of sunshine this week are Sam Moss for really impressing me with his number skills. He was able to independently order the numbers from 0-10 when I muddled them up. What brilliant number work Sam! Abi-Jane for her amazing number recognition and adding skills. Matthew Harrison for showing great care and concern in looking after the caterpillars which he found in the nursery garden. Mia Gibson as she thoroughly enjoyed going on our ladybird hunt and was so engaged whilst looking for "the signs" and finally Fiona Norman for trying very hard to write her name. She is a delight to have in our group and always tries her best at any task. Fantastic work everybody!
The children have been very interested in our tiny visitors this week and have spent a lot of time looking at the caterpillars with the magnifying glasses. Brax commented "they will build a house soon" and Noah replied "then a beautiful butterfly will pop out." We have incorporated the caterpillars into our learning in maths this week. The children were great at ordering them according to length and some of us were able to measure how long they were using cubes. As we enjoyed it so much last week we have continued making beautiful patterns on our butterflies! Some of us were even able to make sure they were the same on both sides.
It has been lovely to see the children using props in their role play and playing more imaginatively. Rosie and Chelsea were playing "Princesses" and decided to build a castle in the nursery garden. The other children noticed what they were doing and everybody worked together to help them. They made "beds and pillows for our heads" and made potions that will "turn your feet into frogs if you are a baddy in our castle" As well as building models outside the children have been getting very creative. Harrison said to his friends "let's make a really long caterpillar" Jack suggested "let's make it as long as the path" Harry found some tyres and said "we've drawn around the circles" The children worked really well together and enjoyed finding natural resources in the garden they could use on their caterpillar.
Our little rays of sunshine this week are Harry Maskell for settling so well into nursery routines. It is lovely to see you exploring the setting and you are so confident during group time! Estelle Gent for recalling the stages in the life cycle of a butterfly. She loved finding caterpillars in the garden and was eager to hold them. Teddy Buston as he has been brilliant at coming straight into group and waving goodbye to his grandma. Teddy has had lots of fun playing outside and in the craft area and is a pleasure to have in the group. Jack Sproat as he was a superstar at our hungry caterpillar memory game and each time understood which item had disappeared and finally Rosaleigh Patton for showing great understanding when talking about symmetry today. She made a beautiful butterfly using pom poms. What fantastic work everybody!